Safeguarding at St Paul's

OUR CULTURE OF VIGILANCE

Safeguarding Team at St Paul's

At St Paul's CofE VC we:

· Believe safeguarding and protecting children is everyone’s responsibility

· Identify signs of concerns immediately

· Train all our staff to the highest level

· Keep all staff updated with new guidance and policies

· Monitor attendance thoroughly

· Have rigorous monitoring of vulnerable children

· Communicate regularly with external agencies

· Listen to our children

· Care for each other

· Have an open culture

· Support children and their families

· Teach our children to keep safe at all times

 All our Designated Safeguarding Leaders wear these lanyard too! 

Safeguarding Statement

St Paul's CofE VC Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed below.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

Looked After and previously Looked After Children - we follow the Department for Education statutory guidance - February 2018

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.  

If it is out of school time or you believe a child is at risk of immediate harm or danger you can contact:

  • Children’s Social Care on 0300 123 2224

  • Children’s Social Care by email at childrens@somerset.gov.uk

  • Or the police directly by dialing 101 and they will discuss with Children’s Social Care what to do next

  • In an emergency, always call the police on 999

If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 23 27

If you are concerned that the school is not adequately dealing with an allegation, it is possible to contact the Somerset LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer):

https://sscb.safeguardingsomerset.org.uk/working-with-children/allegations-management/

Documents:

   Safeguarding Policy

   CCTV Policy

   E-safety Policy

CHILDLINE

If children would like to seek support, they should contact:  Childline 0800 1111

https://www.childline.org.uk/

Stop Speak Support

Created for young people by young people this code gives tips on simple ways to step in and stop cyberbullying if you see it happening online.

PREVENT

Schools have an obligation to implement PREVENT duty. This section will provide more information about what PREVENT is and what it looks like at Broomhill Junior School. 

What is the PREVENT strategy?

PREVENT is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The PREVENT strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. 

PREVENT at St Paul's

Our school believes fully in the importance of providing a safe space for pupils to discuss issues so that they understand how best to protect themselves and their peers. It is vital that children have an environment where they feel safe to have these challenging discussions as well as express their own thoughts and opinions. The PREVENT approach at St Paul's Juniors is very much part of our curriculum, culture and processes and is embedded across all lessons, including assemblies. We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy and challenge prejudice. Mrs Francis is our PREVENT lead and coordinates this work as part of her responsibility for Safeguarding. 

For more information, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

Diary Dates